Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pancit Canton - Bihon : Presto Pasta Night 137

Classic Pancits we normally find in the Filipino's dining table include Pancit Canton, Pancit Bihon, Pancit Palabok, Pancit Malabon, Pancit Molo, Pancit Luglog and Pancit Sotanghon. Fusions of these types have likewise emerged such that we have the likes of Pancit Miki-Bihon and Bam-I. Our typical Pinoy pancit is usually referred to the dry, stir-fried noodles. It's always a delight to be serving pancit especially for those days where you feel the longing for a playful nibble. I personally like the smooth texture of the noodles sliding into the palate. It brings back childhood memories of joyfully eating noodles. Inspired to pass on the experience with the two kids, I prepared Pancit Canton - Bihon for an afternoon merienda (snack).

This version of mine is a mix of different sensory attributes delivered by the squid ball, pork and chorizo (pork sausage). The interplay of these savory notes leave a delightful taste experience in the palate together with the subtle flavor of the vegetables. Nothing extravagant but guarantees to satisfy.

What you need: 250 g pack pancit canton (chow mien noodles), 125 g pancit bihon (rice noodles), 250 g pork cut into small cubes, 250 g squid balls cut in halves, 2 pcs chorizo (pork sausage) cut diagonally, 1 small carrots (cut in julliene), 1 pc onion chopped, 4 cloves garlic chopped, 2 cups each of chopped regular and chinese cabbage, 2 tbsp canola oil for sauteing, 1 cup water + extra for cooking the noodles

How to make: Cook pork in 1 cup of water until tender and all the water evaporates. Add canola oil and saute cooked pork with onion and garlic until fragrant. Add chorizo and saute for 2 minutes. Add vegetables and saute for 1 more minute, set aside. Boil water (amount just enough to cook the noodles), add 1/4 cup of soy sauce, season with salt and pepper. When boiling, add in the noodles and squid balls and allow to cook (adjust the amount of water when necessary). Stir in the vegetables with pork. Serve with a slice of bread and soy-calamansi dip.

This is my entry to Ruth Daniel's popular PRESTO PASTA NIGHT of Once Upon A Feast. After the long absence in this food bloggers' event, I am more than excited to join back. This week is being hosted by Haalo of a very interesting site Cook Almost Anything (I simply love the blog title). Log on to her site for the round up.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Creamy Tuna Linguine with Olives

If there's one thing I'm truly looking forward doing on weekends, it's preparing breakfast for the family. I'm longing for our customary pasta morning treat! Because the kids are pasta lovers, it used to be everyday but since I started working quite far from home, our pasta days were limited. Last Saturday, I made sure that our dining table was once again graced by a new pasta recipe. It's my daughter (who's a big fan of white sauced pasta), who ruled on this particular day. We heartily digged into this "Creamy Tuna Linguine with Olives".

The pasta was topped with green olives to break the satiation factor of the creamy, rich sauce. Since it's blended with seafood, it still felt light in the tummy even if it's cream based.

What you need: 250 g linguine (cooked according to package directions), 225 ml all purpose cream, 1 tsp all purpose flour dissolved in 1/2 cup pasta water reserve, 2 cans tuna in brine or water, 1 small can cut mushrooms, 1 pc onion chopped, 4 cloves garlic chopped, 1 pc small calamansi (juice extracted), 1 tbsp liquid seasoning, salt and pepper to taste, 1/2 cup butter, olives for toppings

How to Cook: Cook linguine according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water. Set aside. Saute onion and garlic in butter. Add tuna and calamansi juice, saute for 2 minutes. Add mushroom saute for 1 minute. Add all purpose flour dissolved in pasta water reserve and all purpose cream. Season with salt, pepper and liquid seasoning. Simmer for 4 minutes. Serve topped with olives. (Olives can be stirred in together with mushrooms if you don't want it topped onto the pasta).

Friday, October 2, 2009

Family Vacation 101

The ber season has just started and apart from summer time, it is the most awaited and celebrated time of the year. This is usually the peak season for great things of all sorts - food, clothing, fashion and of course travel. After visiting Guangzhou last August, I am set to visit it again this month. As these travels are both work related, I am very much looking forward to the family vacation this coming holiday. I'm beginning to make early preparations and plans. Hence, I've started hopping from one travel site to the next to find great travel deals. Foremost among them are discount airfares and cheap air flights.

This will be the kids' first time to travel out of the country. And to say that traveling with tots involves so much preparations is still quite an understatement. However, this will not in anyway prevent me from enjoying every single task related to it. We (especially the kids) deserve this much needed "family- time". I'll share with you a sequel of this post on travel stuffs worth exploring. Stay tuned!